|Male White-winged Fairy-wren Malurus leucopterus, north-western New South Wales.|
|Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans on Banksia integrifolia. This is one of the commonest and most familiar bird species around here, but I reckon that the day I get bored with them is the time to hang up my binoculars.|
|Azure Kingfisher Alcedo azurea, Barmah Forests, Murray River, Victoria.|
Every unfrozen continent has blue kingfishers, but I reckon this one is as brilliant as they come.
And not a drop of blue dye involved...
|Red-and-Green Macaws Ara chloropterus, Blanquillo clay lick, Peru.|
I've never understood why the green was selected above the blue for the name, but I guess either would have been inadequate alone.
|Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus, Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.|
A resident of the vast arid Sahel woodland strip, south of the Sahara,
its blue is displayed in contrast to the earth-brown back.
|Masked Tanager Tangara nigrocincta, rainforest canopy, Sacha Lodge, Ecuador.|
The tanagers have among the widest colour ranges of any bird group; blue of course features.
|Male Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, Canberra. |
From some angles he can look dull black, then suddenly he turns and flashes deep glossy blue.
|Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula male, National Botanic Gardens Canberra.|
This one took me by surprise; normally he is a dull leaden grey, but he suddenly caught the sun and lit up.
|Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethiopica, Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.|
Many swallows demonstrate a blue iridescence on the back. It's been suggested that the 'flash and vanish' effect in flight confuses predators.
|Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens, Etosha National Park, Namibia.|
Some starlings are among the most dramatic of iridescent birds. Even they however, cannot outdo the hummingbirds...
|Great Sapphirewing Pterophanes cyanopterus, Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador.|
It was hard to pick just one iridescent blue hummingbird, but this is a pretty good representative.